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BattleFrog races coming to Lake Placid

Popular obstacle course series inspired by U.S. Navy SEALs

September 24, 2015
By ANDY FLYNN - Editor (aflynn@lakeplacidnews.com) , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Mike Getka was born and raised in Plattsburgh, learned to ski at Whiteface Mountain, got married in Lake Placid and retired as a U.S. Navy SEAL. Now he's returning to the Olympic Village to organize the latest big event: BattleFrog.

BattleFrog is a series of obstacle course races - boot camp style - that challenge people of all ages in events throughout North America.

Based in Florida, organizers are expanding their races in 2016 to include Lake Placid on Sept. 24.

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BattleFrog competitors pose at a finish line.
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"This is going to be an extremely special event for us," Getka said. "From living up in that area for most of my life, where better to have a race than in Lake Placid?"

A location for the races in Lake Placid has not yet been chosen, according to Getka, the site selection director. He will visit Lake Placid in October to tour a possible venue, and the location will be announced soon.

In all, there will be 44 BattleFrog races in the U.S. and Canada next year, up from 15 this year. BattleFrog's 2016 schedule will kick off Jan. 23 in San Diego, California, and will end Oct. 29 in Richmond, Virginia. Each course is different, and one of the most unique ones is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

"What made Pittsburgh kind of unique is around the three-and-a-half-mile mark, you come to the entrance of a mine. We give you a headlamp, and you go down about 250 feet and you run about an eighth of a mile through a mine and wade through and swim through 53-degree water," Getka said. "You come out the other side and keep on going."

Obstacle course races are among the fastest-growing competition events in the world right now, and BattleFrog is set apart because the courses are designed by U.S. Navy SEALs. After graduating from Plattsburgh High School in 1982, Getka joined the U.S. Navy in 1983, first in the Seabees and then in the SEALs, retiring in 2004. The BattleFrog opening ceremony honors the SEALs, and there is a SEALs memorial wall at each race.

The Xtreme race is promoted by quoting part of the SEALs ethos: "I will never quit. I am never out of the fight. I will not fail."

There are opportunities to compete individually or on teams, and BattleFrog is signing up volunteers to help with the races. There will also be space for spectators.

"In one day, we have a race for absolutely everyone," Getka said.

Below are the races.

BattleFrog Xtreme: This course is designed for people who want to test their mettle. Complete the 8k course once, starting at 8:30 a.m., and you earn the right to see how many laps you can finish until 3 p.m. "If you have a never-quit heart, the BattleFrog Xtreme is for you." Some people have finished up to seven laps on the flatter courses.

BattleFrog Elite: This 16k course (two 8ks) features at least 44 military-inspired obstacles and was designed for people ages 13 and older. Cash prizes are provided in the Elite races.

BattleFrog 8k: This 8k course features at least 22 military-inspired obstacles and was designed for people ages 13 and older. There is an 8k Open for adults and an 8k Youth course. Volunteers and race officials are located throughout the course to provide motivation.

BullFrog Mile: This 1-mile course features at least 10 obstacles and is designed for kids ages 8 to 13. BattleFrog Pro-Team athletes and staff will provide motivation throughout the course, which "combines the right amount of challenge with the right amount of fun."

Tadpole Dash: This 400-meter race is open for kids ages 4 to 8. There will be eight or more obstacles. BattleFrog states that it is "guaranteed to deliver a new experience of self-discovery." BattleFrog Pro-Team athletes and staff run the race with the kids.

"The response to our races and lifestyle has been overwhelming," said BattleFrog CEO Ramiro Ortiz in a press release. "Customers have been enjoying our races, they have seen the BattleFrog College Championship on ESPN and have been clamoring for more locations."

For more information, visit www.battlefrogseries.com.

 
 
 

 

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